Capitals practice update: Line combinations

January 14, 2013

The Capitals are on the ice for Monday’s practice and they’re using the same lines they showed yesterday in the training camp opener. Given the short timeline, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see Washington stick with this set up as it prepares for the season opener Saturday at Tampa Bay. 

“I’ve thought about a lot of combinations. I saw the way the guys finished last year, who they played with and the way we’re going to play,” Oates said. “Obviously, we’ve got big forwards, we’ve got crafty centermen, we’ve got some speed. So I think you got a little bit of everything there. Just got to try and find the chemistry.”

Brooks Laich, who has an apparent groin injury, is the only player not taking part in practice again today. Here the line combinations and defensive pairings:

Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin

Wolski-Ribeiro-Brouwer

Chimera-Beagle-Ward-Wilson

Hendricks-Perreault-Fehr-Crabb

Defense

Alzner-Carlson

Hamrlik-Green

Schultz-Schilling

Erskine-Hillen

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth. 

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